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Release: March 5, 1999

UI Team Supports IPTV Friends

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A team of 15 faculty, staff and students from the University of Iowa will participate in Iowa Public Television's annual pledge drive program, FESTIVAL '99, bringing in new Friends for IPTV. UI volunteers will be taking phone pledges from callers during the 6 p.m. ­ midnight shift on Monday, March 8.

UI faculty, staff and students have participated in this event for the past four years. The group's founder and former UI faculty senate president Dr. Warren Piette said, "As a premiere educational institution, we want to show our support for the arts, sciences and humanities beyond our own campus, on a statewide basis. IPTV provided us that opportunity, and each year UI faculty, staff and students collaborate to show our support. We are the only university among the three state regents institutions that has team representation for this pledge drive."

Friends of Iowa Public Television is a nonprofit organization, created in 1969, and is committed to the development, growth and support of Iowa Public Television through the building of a strong statewide membership base. FESTIVAL '99 runs from March 6-21.